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How Much Does Termite Control Cost?

 
average costMedium: $1,300-$3,000high costHigh: $2,000-$4,000
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Termite extermination may be accomplished by using chemicals, bait, fumigating with lethal gas, electricity, heat or microwaves. Prices vary according to access, type and size of structure.

Typical costs:

  • Chemical extermination is generally priced by the linear foot. A home that is 150-linear feet around, or 1,250-square feet, will cost about $1,350-$2,500. A 2,500-square foot home with 200 linear feet will be about $1,700-$3,200. (The highest price designates homes with a slab foundation.)
  • The bait extermination process for the same 1,250-square foot house will typically start at $1,500. A 2,500-square foot home will cost about $3,000.
  • Fumigation is generally based on the cubic feet of the house, plus any attachments, including decks. If the home needs to be tented, the cost for lethal gas fumigation is about $1,200-$2,500 for a 1,250-square foot house and $2,200-$3,800 for a 2,500-square foot house.
  • Heat extermination also requires tenting the home and costs about $1,250 for a 1,250-square foot home. For a 2,500 square-foot home the price is about $2,500.
  • Electro-gun and the microwave system for small areas of infestation cost about $1,150.
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What should be included:
  • Chemical extermination is usually performed by trenching or drilling holes around the home's perimeter, then adding the liquid chemical. The chemical trenching and bait systems are usually used for moderate termite activity.
  • Bait is also administered through holes drilled around the perimeter of the home. The process is generally more expensive than chemical treatment, but preferred when the property is close to lakes or streams.
  • Whole-house infestation is generally treated with the traditional lethal gas fumigation technique. During fumigation the home is "tented" and lethal gas is pumped in. Homeowners are asked to stay out for four to five days.
  • Tenting is also used in the heat method where hot air is blown in until the inside reaches 140-150 degrees Fahrenheit and structural timbers reach 120 degrees, according to The National Association of Certified Home Inspectors[1] .
  • Those who are concerned about lingering chemical effects often choose the newer heat process. Heat can also be compartmentalized, so if the termites are only in the living room, the heat can be targeted only in that area. A whole-house heating takes about eight hours. Homeowners can return to the home that night.
  • The Electro-gun draws 180,000 volts through a gallery, a termite trail that follows the grain of the wood. An alternative to chemicals, Electro-gun and microwave systems are available in some areas and are designed to work on small trouble spots, such as a rotted window sill, rather than an entire house. The microwave system heats up the wood from the inside out, killing the termites.
Additional costs:
  • Some companies may charge extra if thick cement around the home requires more drilling, according to a Terminix Florida sales representative. Following eradication, they offer yearly renewals similar to homeowners insurance at a rate of $400 for bait and $200 for chemical.
  • In Albuquerque, New Mexico, all home construction is on floating slabs--solid foundation pours, according an Orkin sales manager. In order to get rid of termites, they have to drill through the slab. For 150 linear feet, the price will range from $1,500-$2,500, with a one-year guarantee. The liquid chemical used is also affective on ants. However, slab foundations are less expensive when tent fumigation is necessary, because without an under-house area, less gas is needed.
Shopping for termite control:
  • The first step is identifying the problem. The federal Forest Products Laboratory explains how to detect and identify termites[2] .
  • Be wary of an exterminator who comes to the door uninvited and offering to do a free termite or pest inspection. If possible, get estimates from several companies. Find out how long the company has been in business, what type of training and experience the employees have, and what sort of guarantee is provided, if any. The National Pest Management Association lists tips for choosing a pest control company[3] .
  • TheNational Pest Management Association and the Termite Institute[4] offer online locators to find an exterminator.
  • Ask for (and check) references from satisfied customers and find out if the company has had any complaints with the Better Business Bureau[5] . Before a contract is signed, the pest control company should provide a detailed written statement outlining the extent of the infestation and the specific measures that will be taken, including listing any pesticides that will be used. Be sure to understand what precautions need to be taken before, during and after the treatment.
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Annual cost Houston TX
Amount: $169.00
Posted by: Richard Markel in Houston, TX.Posted: September 12th, 2014 05:09AM
Type of Method: Visual InspectionSq Ft of Home: 3100
Firm: Lone Star
Our home is 3100 sf. We had termites 15 years ago they were treated and are now on annual inspection plan with same company for over 15 years. The inspection is limited to a visual walk around only.
I believe that this cost is typical for our area
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Annual Termite Program - Terminex
Amount: $213.00
Posted by: Steven R. L. in Silver Spring, MD.Posted: August 9th, 2014 08:08AM
Type of Method: Liquid barrierSq Ft of Home: 2700
Firm: Terminex
The price has jumped up every year since Terminex took over from Western Pest control. This seems very high and I am considering a change.
Looking for a more economical approach.
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Preventative treatment
Amount: $1,900.00
Posted by: Chris04 in Daphne, AL.Posted: May 1st, 2014 08:05AM
Firm: Terminix
It's warm and humid down here in the South. Great climate for termites. I wanted my house (4,000sqft) to be protected. Unfortunately I let things slip and didn't keep the annual inspection/treatment up. So Terminix had to do it all over again.
Price seems ok for 300 linear feet ($1,900). They put bait outside in the ground and sprayd around all columns in our crawl space. Annual upkeep is $350 and insurance/bonding is included. I'm a happy customer again.
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Termite info
Amount: $37.00
Posted by: Lance in Pensacola, FL.Posted: January 22nd, 2013 07:01AM
Firm: Anchor pest control inc
Termite info depends on geography. Different bugs in different locations .. Info here is generic
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Homeowner w/ Drywood Termites
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: http://termiteshq.com in Sierra Vista, AZ.Posted: July 8th, 2012 04:07PM
Type of Method: Spot FoamSq Ft of Home: 1500
Firm: TermitesHQ
So far I've spent just over $100 on a spot treatment by a technician. This treatment was limited to survey holes in the drywall to spray around a window sill. Since then, I've actually removed more drywall and discovered the infestation is more significant than a single 2x4 as described by the "termite" PMP. My regular exterminators (not the above-referenced PMP) confirmed they are drywood termites based on the frass. Unfortunately, they are not in a position to service the infestation. At least they are honest. I'm looking at a more significant termite treatment. Because of my research, I've actually just started a new resource for homeowners at http://termiteshq.com/termite-treatment-cost/ I'm trying my best to make sure anything relevant to termites is included. I could have made a more significant attempt against the drywood termites had I educated myself initially.rnrnRegards.
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Termite Tenting
Amount: $1,595.00
Posted by: TinaPham in Huntington Beach, CA.Posted: February 24th, 2012 09:02PM
Type of Method: tentingSq Ft of Home: 1870
Firm: Orkin
Orange County - California. Dry-wood termite. 2 story house, about 21 years old house, 1,870 sf. $1,595 total (no hidden taxes, fees, etc.). Had to spend two nights at mom's house.
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Dry wood termites - termidor
Amount: $640.00
Posted by: logical owner in orange, .Posted: September 19th, 2011 01:09PM
Type of Method: termidorSq Ft of Home: 1250
Firm: bugman
free inspection. estimate is $640. yearly plan (free first year) $275 each yr after that. i think i'll have it done to save the house and because of the input listed here. thanks!
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Ongoing- Termidor
Amount: $775.00
Posted by: a user in Fort Walton Beach, FL.Posted: March 29th, 2011 06:03PM
Type of Method: Termidor ChemicalSq Ft of Home: 1500
Firm: Florida Pest Control
Original owner of house discovered infestation in 2005. Had house treated with Termidor for $775 initial and $215 yearly renewal for bond (inspections and retreatment as necessary). Renewals going up each year, at $248 now. Company will retreat after 8 years (2013), no additional cost but the annual renewal price. Retreating areas where new landscaping was done around house at no additional cost but renewal fee. Annual inspections show no signs of new termites.
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Multi-faceted treatment
Amount: $3,200.00
Posted by: cruelbenz in San Jose, CA.Posted: December 26th, 2010 03:12PM
Type of Method: Orange Oil/Premise/Boric Acid/Bora-CareSq Ft of Home: 1800
Firm: Planet Orange
I had sub infestation with tunnels coming in through the ceiling and drywoods in spots. Premise 75 treated around the perimeter of house and in crawlspace and detached garage. Studs on ~30% of house and crawl space treated with orange oil. Exposed wood in attics sprayed with boric acid and bora-care sprayed into wall areas where sub activity was noticed. 2 year warranty. The price seems high to me, but the problem appears resolved.
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Expensive Estimate?
Amount: $1,400.00
Posted by: a user in Nashville, TN.Posted: September 13th, 2010 10:09AM
Type of Method: Spray liquidSq Ft of Home: 900 living area
Firm: Orkin
Am I off base here? I really want to know. I already have monthly bait service. This was a "complimentary inspection". He looked in the crawlspace under the house. Told me it was too moist (my under-house water heater had been leaking steam under there). Said this was a termite-friendly environment (which makes sense) and they could come in and spray under the house for $1400. The whole scenario seemed odd, he didn't inspect the detached garage (around which I have bait stations as well as around the house) or anything except under the house and offered no solutions except a very expensive treatment.
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Preventative
Amount: $1,250.00
Posted by: BT in Atlanta, GA.Posted: August 12th, 2010 05:08PM
Type of Method: Chemical BarriorSq Ft of Home: 2500
Firm: Cook's
Had a very knowledgeable expert come inspect the home and provide an estimate before I purchased. Termite extermination was 1250 with 260 per year after that. Pest control (ants, spiders, etc) was another 125 per month and mosquito control another 125. I plan on getting a second price since 260 seemed high for an annual cost. The bond/ guarantee is able to be transferred to a buyer if the house is ever sold again.
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Subterranean Termites
Amount: $700.00
Posted by: Suzie Jo Jo in Palm Bay, FL.Posted: March 25th, 2010 05:03PM
Type of Method: ChemicalSq Ft of Home: 1160
Firm: Space Coast Pests
Had a swarming of "Subs" coming out of my bathroom at 730 at night. I called my guy and he was here the next day to take some samples of the bugs to confirm variety, and my house was treated that very day (Luckily because they had a cancellation) Cost was $700, got a bit of a discount since family has used them for a long time and I use them for my regular bug control. $85/yr after that and in 6 years when it's time to treat again, I will only have to pay the cost of the chemical, around 300.
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Preventative
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: a user in Navarre, FL.Posted: March 3rd, 2010 10:03AM
Type of Method: Termidor barrierSq Ft of Home: 2500
Firm: Premier
Did it 5 years ago. No infestation. Seeking another treatment.
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DRY WOOD TERMITES
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: a user in oxnard, CA.Posted: February 13th, 2010 01:02AM
Type of Method: GAS TENTINGSq Ft of Home: 2300
Firm: TERMINEX
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Termites
Amount: $1,815.00
Posted by: Barbara A in Houston, TX.Posted: July 29th, 2009 12:07PM
Type of Method: chemical exterminationSq Ft of Home: 2,250
Firm: Terminex
Last Friday I saw a few termites in each bathroom (2). Called Terminex and since they had a cancellation they did the treatment on Saturday. I could have gotten it cheaper, but these little critters can eat up your home and I wanted an expert application. Plus the maintenance for the first year is included in the total cost. My house was built 1978 and when you live with humidity like we do in Texas, termites is one of the problem you have to deal with. I was very happy with the service
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Termite Control Cost
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Joshua Miller in Viera, FL.Posted: May 28th, 2009 03:05PM
Type of Method: Sq Ft of Home: 2050
Firm: Massey
Engle Homes did the intial treatment with massey. The yearly renewal on the bond is $175. Happy with service.
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termite control cost
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: jasonhpi in poughkeepsie, NY.Posted: May 12th, 2009 10:05AM
Type of Method: baitSq Ft of Home: 1500
L. Rigsby in Orlando, FL

I would not be proud of spending less than what this artical says a termite job costs. If the company did the termite job correctly they lost money. No way they can do it for 550 bucks doing it correctly.I wonder what he is going to do when all of the termite stations get hit and he has to make a decision to load the station up with 400 dollars worth of bait or be a cheapskate becuase he did not price the job correctly and do something illegal to try and get rid of the termites without a high cost.
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advertisment costs 50-100 dollars to gain 1 customer
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truck expences costs 50 cents a mile to drive
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lecencing uniforms cost to buy equipment and replace broken equipment A 550 dollar job tells me he is a fly by night operation. He fails as a business man. He is one of those guys who cannot calculate his own expences. He is losing money and not even knowing it.
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temite control cost
Amount: $549.00
Posted by: L. Rigsby in Orlando, FL.Posted: April 28th, 2009 06:04AM
Type of Method: bait systemSq Ft of Home: 2500
Firm: Massey services
Had inspection (free?) no infestation. Bait system (sentricon)to be installed in two days. (got $50 discount for new service) One year guarantee (outside and inside). Annual renewals $260.
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